Tradition and Transformation:
Dissent and Consent in the Mediterranean

Third CEMS International Graduate Conference 

 Central European University, Budapest 

May 30–June 1, 2013 




Thursday, 30 May (Nador 9, Popper room)


15–16: Registration (Oktogon reception area)

16: Welcoming Remarks

Prof. Katalin Szende (Central European University)
Prof. Niels Gaul (Central European University)


16–18: Session 1

Chair: Prof. Rubina Raja (Aarhus University)

Nenad Marković (University of Belgrade)

Sumissis admugit cornibus Apis: A Few Notes about Disappearance of the Last Sacred Bull Apis

Nirvana Silnović (University of Zagreb)

Tradition and Transformation: On the Iconography of the Mithraic Tondo from Salona

Branka Vranešević (University of Belgrade)

The Image of Paradise on Early Byzantine Floor Mosaics on the Territory of Present-Day Serbia

Pavla Gkantzios Drapelova (University of Athens)

Visual Parallels between Iconoclasts and Jews in Byzantine Psalters


18–19.30: Keynote lecture

Prof. Rubina Raja (Aarhus University)

Marking Religious Identity in Eastern Mediterranean Late Antique Urban Landscapes:
Churches as Signs of Cultural Continuity and Change


Friday, 31 May (Nador 9, Popper room)


9–11: Session 2

Chair: Prof. Gábor Buzási (Central European University & ELTE Budapest)

Máté Veres (Central European University)

Uses and Misuses of the Common Concepts Strategy in Emperor Julian’s Contra Galilaeos

Jessica van ’t Westeinde (Durham University)

Questioning Authority: Christian Education Leading to Lay Participation in Doctrinal Debates

James Richard Norrie (University of Oxford)

Sanctity and Dissent: Contesting Holy Bodies and Holy Spaces in the City of Ambrose

Christian Hoffarth (Hamburg University)

Peter of John Olivi’s Image of “Ecclesia Primitiva“ and Papal Stake Burnings. Exegetical Rewriting of Early Church History as Formative Factor of Heterodoxies in Southern France Around 1300


11–11:30: Coffee Break


11:30-13:30: Session 3

Chair: Prof. Johannes Preiser-Kapeller (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna)

Avraham Yoskovich (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem & Heidelberg University)

The Cock-Crow in Late Antiquity: Terminology and Cultural Interactions

Hajnalka Tamás (University of Leuven)

Martyrdom and Episcopal Authority: The Bishop-Martyr in Pannonian Hagiography

Maël Goarzin (University of Lausanne & EPHE Paris)

Late Antique Biography as an Authoritative Literary Form in Terms of Practical Ethics

Arkadi Avdokhin (King’s College London)

Early Byzantine Hagiography on Hymns: (Liturgical) Chant between Rhetoric and Contested Practices


13:30–15.00: Lunch Break


15.00–17.30: Session 4

Chair: Prof. Niels Gaul (Central European University)

Péter Tamás Bara (Central European University)

Eustathios of Thessalonike as Metaphrastēs: The Life of Philotheos of Opsikion

Jonas J. H. Christensen (University of Southern Denmark)

Aspects of Structure and Intention in the Diegesis Merike of Nikephoros Blemmydes

Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (King’s College London)

The Palaiologan Scholar and His Audience: the Case of John Zacharias Aktouarios

Annika Sylvia Elisabet Asp-Talwar (University of Birmingham)

Religion and Biography in the Periegesis by Andrew Libadenos

Taisiya Belyakova (Russian Academy of Sciences & Max Planck Institute for European Legal History)

Peculiarities of Female Patronage on Mt Athos


17.30–18: Coffee Break


18–19.30: Keynote lecture

Prof. Albrecht Berger (Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich)

Re-Writing the Urban History of Constantinople


Saturday, June 1 (Nador 9, Popper room)


9–11: Session 5

Chair: Prof. Mihailo Popović (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna)

Ellis Nicholas (University of Oxford)

The Hermeneutic of Testing

Nils Hallvard Korsvoll (MF Norwegian School of Theology)

Uncertain Religious Identities: The Use of Biblical References in Syriac Incantation Bowls

Nikoloz Aleksidze (University of Oxford)

Three “Heretical” Men and a Dog: The Oral Narratives of the Caucasian Schism

Daniel Picus (Brown University)

The Martyr and the Sage: Stoicism and Resistance between Palestine and Babylonia


11–11:30: Coffee Break


11:30–13.30: Session 6

Chair: Prof. Aziz Al-Azmeh (Central European University)

Ivan Marić (Central European University)

Consent between Word and Image: The Personification of Byzantine Imperial Ideology on Coins of Romanos I and in Letters of Nicholas I Mystikos

Josef Shovanec (New Europe College, Bucharest & EHESS Paris)

Consent Behind Dissent: Muslim and Jewish Mysticism in the Medieval Mediterranean, Suhrawardi and the Kabbalah

Mikayel Hovhannisyan (Yerevan State University)

Adaptation of Concepts of Antiquity in Medieval Muslim Social Philosophy on the Example of the Epistles of Brethren of Purity


13.30–15: Lunch Break


15–17.30: Session 7

Chair: Prof. Albrecht Berger (Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich)

Márton Rósza (ELTE Budapest)

“Second-Tier Aristocracy” in the Early Komnenian Period

Roman Shlyakhtin (Central European University)

A Holy Weapon against the Turks: The Description of the Sword of Alexios Kontostephanos by Theodore Prodromos

AnnaLinden Weller (University of Oxford)

Transmittable Apocalypses: Byzantine Diplomatic Letters and Latin Eschatology during the First Crusade

Nicola Bergamo (EHESS Paris)

Games in Byzantium between Tradition and Transformation

Christos Malatras (University of Birmingham)

The Byzantines in the Twelfth Century: the Construction of an Identity


17.30–18: Coffee Break


18–19.30: Keynote lecture

Prof. Philip Wood (Aga Khan University, London)

Khusrau II Aparavaz and the Christians of His Empire (c.585–630)


Concluding Remarks

Prof. Volker Menze (Central European University)


21.00: Dinner for Speakers

Trófea Grill Restaurant, Király utca 30–32, VI District